Joan Van Ark, best known as Valene Ewing on the hit primetime soap, Knots Landing gave a very revealing interview at Retroality.TV . During the Q&A Joan elaborated on why she vacated the role of Gloria on The Young and the Restless, the role that is currently being portrayed by Judith Chapman. The actress also chimed in that now that her former KL co-star Ted Shackleford is on the number one rated daytime soap, perhaps she could return as a spoiler for the current Gloria and Jeffrey Bardwell pairing!
Van Ark, “I loved Gloria, but I just felt like they were going in another direction with the character. I wanted her to be Anna Nicole Smith, Goldie Hawn and Drea de Matteo all rolled into one. But (the producers) were taking her to Joan Collins-shoulder-pads-via-bitch. I’m spoiled because of Knots Landing, where I had the blessing and joy of collaboration. We all got to contribute and collaborate (on the script). In daytime, there’s no such thing. (Y&R’s producers) are wonderful, but it’s more or less their way or the highway. I felt like a visitor (on Y&R). It’s a nice place to visit but I didn’t want to live there. I loved my sons on the show (actors Christian LeBlanc and Greg Rikaart). The original idea for me was to go in and do a story arc—a short burst of character—and then I’m outta there. I’d love to go in as a different character and screw up Ted and Gloria.” (Laughs.)